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“It’s really nice to talk to someone who’s not trying to judge you.”

Jennet’s father died while she was serving in #Iraq and that made transitioning back even more challenging. Listen as she describes how counseling helped her overcome #depression.

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01/17/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
When Renae’s husband, Jon, came home from #Iraq, she noticed that he was on edge and drinking more than usual. She encouraged him to go to VA, where he realized that he wasn’t alone in what he was going through. Hear this #military family’s story of strength.

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01/13/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
“Once you go a couple times, you establish a connection with that person and feel comfortable talking to them,” says Tim, a U.S. Army #Veteran, about VA therapy. Hear how reaching out helped him transition from military service.

More than 400 #Veterans and their family members have met with the team behind MakeTheConnection.net to share their stories of #mentalhealth recovery. Now it’s up to you to spread their inspiring message: Treatment works and recovery is possible.

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“We were always given an objective. … When we come back, we don’t have that.”

Like Steven, a U.S. Marine Corps #Veteran, some #Veterans feel lost when transitioning from the structure of #military life. Hear how he recovered from physical and emotional wounds:

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“I’m not alone.”

Sonny lost his leg in a motorcycle accident after he left the U.S. Coast Guard. Hear how the physical and emotional support he received at VA clinics helped him cope with the injury.

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Stand by a #Veteran loved one during a challenging time.

Every day, Veterans and their family members and friends reach out for #mentalhealth support — together. Start today:

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Dawn, a U.S. Army #Veteran, was exposed to a lot of combat while serving in #Iraq. When she came home, she began to display symptoms of #PTSD, which affected her family relationships.

Things changed when she decided to go to VA for support.

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A new year can mean a fresh start.

If you’re having a tough time transitioning from #military service or dealing with other challenging life events, #MakeTheConnection is here for you.

Get on the right track in 2017:
For Mike and other #Veterans who are sensitive to noise or bright lights, anxiety caused by loud noises and unexpected flashes of light during New Year’s Eve celebrations can take a toll.

Learn about these symptoms and discover effective coping skills: [ Maketheconnection.net Link ]
“I had to take care of the man in the mirror,” says Rick, a U.S. Navy #Veteran, about seeking #mentalhealth support after returning from service.

Encourage others to reach out for support by sharing his story:
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A #militaryspouse plays a crucial role in a Veteran’s life, especially during tough times. Hear how Dani encouraged her husband, Brad, to seek help for dealing with a traumatic brain injury (#TBI) and #PTSD.

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“There’s help out there.” That’s Jeff’s message for fellow #Iraq #Veterans who may be experiencing stress after their service in combat zones. Hear how therapy helped him cope with #PTSD and improve his life.

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For many, the holidays are a joyful time of year — but for #Servicemembers and #Veterans who may be experiencing #PTSD, depression, or survivor’s guilt, the holiday season can present unique challenges.

Be there for a #Veteran who may be going through a tough time this holiday season: [ Maketheconnection.net Link ]
What is survivor’s guilt?

Some #Veterans describe it as feeling guilty for returning home from combat when others did not, thinking that they didn’t deserve to live.

If you’re a Veteran experiencing these feelings, you are not alone. Listen as these Veterans describe how they have overcome survivor’s guilt: [ Maketheconnection.net Link ]
Eddie, a U.S. Marine Corps #Veteran, lost three of his fellow #Marines in combat. The grief he felt kept him from activities and hobbies he used to enjoy. That’s when he decided to seek treatment from a #mentalhealth professional. Hear how therapy helped him overcome the effects of combat trauma.

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For some #Vietnam #Veterans, images from the war may make them feel as if they are reliving a traumatic event. Every day, Veterans connect with effective treatment for flashbacks. Find support today.

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No matter what #mentalhealth challenges you may be experiencing, you can find support to help you get your life back on track. #Veterans: Find confidential support today.

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Veterans “are starting to realize that they’re not alone.” Hear how Father Bob, a #Vietnam #Veteran, learned to move on from the effects of combat trauma years after the war with the support of a Vet Center counselor:

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Happy 380th birthday to the National Guard, descended from militias established in Colonial times. Help us honor these men and women who have tirelessly served our nation for almost four hundred years by sharing this video.

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